WALKABOUT Aboriginal Design Game Mat XL
GIANT Version 1.5m x 2.5m approx
Please note: This item is custom-printed to order so will be dispatched approx 2-3 weeks from the time of order and can only be delivered to a physical street address - PO box addresses cannot be used. Our eco-friendly, high tech printing is undertaken offsite so this item is not stored in our Tweed Heads warehouse and is therefore unavailable for Click & Collect.
Aboriginal Snakes and Ladders Game
The Walkabout Aboriginal design game mat makes multicultural education fun and engaging. Teach ideas about Aboriginal culture the way all kids love to learn - with play! Let this Indigenous interpretation of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ get your children using all their senses. Move around the room to play on a large floor game mat, or share a tabletop version with a friend.
As the game unfolds your players will vie for the 'Walkabout' spaces where their special cultural knowledge shoots them forward. If they're unlucky, they'll land on a 'Sacred Site' and must go back to learn respect. This game is suitable for 2-4 players, for ages 3 and up, and includes 1 dice.
The Walkabout game mat is the creative design of respected elder and Indigenous graphic designer Uncle Barry Watson. Learn more about Indigenous Community Elder, Uncle Barry Watson, in this video interview we did with him.
The Snakes and Ladders game art is by Indigenous Artist, De Greer-Yindinmincarlie. Learn more about Indigenous Artist De Greer-Yindimincarlie in this video interview we did with her.
This large Walkabout game mat is constructed like a jigsaw from 15 mat squares, numbered on the back for fast set up and constructed from recycled car tyres for environmentally friendly, robust play. When not in use the mat can be displayed or disassembled and stored away.
Walkabout Game by Uncle Barry Watson
Name of design: Walkabout
Origin of design: Aboriginal Australia
Name of game inventor: Uncle Barry Watson
Origin of game inventor: Wergaia Country, Western Victoria
Artist: De Greer Yindimincarlie
Origin of artist: Wiradjuri Nation, Central New South Wales
Size: 1.5 x 2.5m approx - comes in 15 jigsaw like pieces
Fabric: All of our game mats have been made to the best attainable standards from recycled rubber and plastics.
Note: Game mat colours may differ slightly from the images shown due to the different inks used in individual print runs.
Care Instructions: Spot clean with warm soapy water and allow to dry before storing.
Recycled Mats is a proud long-term member of the Indigenous Art Code, which ensures transparent, fair and ethical business trade in works of art by Indigenous artists.
*More information can be found about all of our artists on our artist's blog.
- Snakes and Ladders game for classroom play
- Opportunity for cultural conversations
- Fun game to introduce Aboriginal Australian concepts to children for the first time
- Game to develop bodily control and provide movement opportunities
FantasticBy: Tina on 30 August 2016“This resource is fantastic because it has so many educational uses for Early Childhood – Co-operative Play, Art, Indigenous Symbols, Counting and Fine Motor Skills. This locally made product is therefore excellent for embedding Indigenous Culture. Everyone who borrows it from our library say they use it in so many different ways! We recommend this as a resource that can be used over and over.”From the Noah’s Ark Team"
WalkaboutBy: Julie on 30 August 2016The children at Yuingi use the table top one frequently, they love it. Thank you so much great addition to our resources I help run a program in Castlemaine in Central Victoria for Primary School Indigenous students. I bough one of your big mats and the kids love it. I also bought your Walkabout Game and I have added a twist that others might like. I have made 2 sets of cards with questions on them one set hard (eg: who was the first Aboriginal politician) and the other easy (what dies the yellow circle on the Aboriginal Flag represent). If they land on "walkabout" they have to answer an easy question to be allowed to go on Walkabout, if they land on "Sacred Site" they have to answer a hard question to be allowed to go past it. In either if you get the answer wrong you go back. I use facts that are local under the guidance of our Elders. Julie